Consultation: improving Lambeth’s 20mph streets

Don’t speed past this consultation, act now to have your say on changes in different bits of Clapham and Streatham. You can respond now on Lambeth Council’s website. These comments may help you.

A more structured approach to managing the road network programme, such that many roads become access only would be more effective than the majority of the measures outlined here. In principle therefore, we oppose most of these measures.

In the absence of sufficient political will from Lambeth to commit to such a scheme, we make these suggestions on the measures proposed.

1. Sherwood Avenue, Streatham
The Councillors in Streatham South ward signed up to the Lambeth Cyclists/LCC Space for Cycling ward requests:

  • Remove rat-running traffic between the A23 and the B272 (Greyhound Lane/Streatham Vale)
  • Rat runs at Glenister Park Road, Sherwood Road and Woodmansterne need to be controlled so only residents can reach their homes, or reduce the lanes so that HGVs do not use this route as a short cut in order to avoid Greyhound Lane and A23.

Possible closure at bridge on Glencairn Road. To improve the weaker measures proposed: The existing flare at the junction with Glenister Park Road makes the pedestrian crossing on the road unacceptably long, so the junction geometry needs tightening. This may be drawn on the plan, but the width can probably be further reduced.

Consideration could be given to changing the priority at the junction with Hawkhurst Road, as a means of reducing speed along Sherwood Ave.

Cycling with pedestrian priority should be permitted on the path between Sherwood Ave and Runnymede Crescent. The opportunity may exist within this scheme to make the kerb flush.

2. Leigham Court Road, Streatham
The volume and type of traffic here is likely to mean that, to score well on the Cycling Level of Service, separate space for cycling is required. The proposals do not address this.

Given the proximity of schools and the east-west desirability of the Mount Nod Road/Leigham Avenue cycle route, the priority should be changed so that users of Leigham Court Road give way at this junction. A pedestrian/cycle zebra would be a second, but poorer option as would a Toucan crossing.

We seek assurance that the scheme has been designed bearing in mind the Lambeth Cyclists Space for Cycling proposals that Streatham Wells Councillors signed up to:

  • Provide an adult and child friendly north-south route parallel to the A23 by filtering out through-motor traffic. 
  • Make Valley Road and Leigham Vale a quiet and green cycleway, using modal filtering to minimise motor traffic on these roads and preventing their use as a rat-run. This would link across Streatham Common to either Copley Park or Braxted Park, and north via Hillside Road. 

The opportunity should be taken to provide an excellent cycle crossing between Valleyfield Road and Leaf Grove. This should comply with the ward proposals signed up to by Councillors of Knight’s Hill ward. The Space for Cycling needed in this area is: Nurture children cycling in the Julian’s Primary School area through reducing rat-running and filter out rat-running motor traffic within the area bounded by Knights Hill, Crown Lane/Dale, Streatham High Road and Christchurch Road – in particular St Julian’s Farm Road to facilitate pupils at Julian’s Primary School sites.

3. Gauden Road, Clapham
‘1057 cycle markings’ must be positioned in accordance with Bikeability training – that is not in the door zone. We support the junction treatments to bring forward the give way lines, lessen pedestrian crossing distance and improve geometry.

4. Streatham Lodge 
While the measures are inoffensive, we question whether the money needed to install raised tables may be better put towards implementing a more ambitious scheme to traffic management and enabling all ages cycling in this area.

The consultation closes 23 December. Read more and see plans Lambeth Council’s website.

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